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Planet of the Apes (1968)
Movie Review by The Undertaker

Planet of the Apes (1968) This film is a true sci-fi classic to me, one of my favorite movies as a kid. I used to remember the indie networks around here having whole Planet of the Apes weeks and showing all five films. Man, now that was living! Now networks ain't shit, all copying one another. Glad AMC at least has some class and marathoned all the movies for 27 hours of pure monkey business! What's not to love hear as Chuck Heston plays an astronaut whose crew of space cadets are time warped into the future and land on an earth now run by apes. Man seems a mute, useless thing and gorillas, chimps, and orangutans now control the world and make the rules. There are just too many classic scenes and lines to begin to mention here kiddies, if you haven't seen it, go grab that boxed set of all five Apes movies. The presence of a talking, thinking, functioning human scares the shit out of ape society and it's a blast seeing what happens along the way. Heston's character Taylor gets lucky enough to meet the perfect woman here too in Nova. She's hot, barely clothed, and best of all, can't speak a word! What more could a man want, right? The action scenes in Apes are lots of fun. Almost as fun and cool as the make-up and talking monkeys. Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter really make the movie as Cornelius and Zira, the two smart chimps that realize Taylor is a link from their own past. Of course, Dr. Zaius ain't havin' any of that crap. He already knows the truth about the past of apes and humans. Wishing to protect the future, he wants to make sure no one learns of their true history. No need to talk about this movie any more. It's still as good as ever and the re-make doesn't quite touch it, even in Tim Burton's hands. The closing shot, when Taylor figures out the truth in front of a broken Statue of Liberty is poignant. This movie will give and has given many of us much to think about. Too bad nobody has seemed to learn much from what Planet of the Apes had to say back in '68.
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